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Winter Finch Forecast for 2021-2022

scottjstoner
 

It's available! Check it out at https://finchnetwork.org/winter-finch-forecast-2021-2022-by-tyler-hoar

Happy birding! - Scott


Re: Using Spotting Scope from a Kayak?

Robert Lewis <rfermat@...>
 

I would think that even on very still water, a scope would be pretty much useless from any kind of boat.
I recall that quite a few years ago I was on one of the ferries on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Those are fairly large boats and the water was very calm.  I wanted to scope the sandbars that we were passing.  I set up my scope, but there was just too much vibration from the engine.  Then I got an idea.  I took some bread, balled up a couple slices, and put that under each tripod leg.  It worked!  The baffle created damped out almost all the vibration. 

Bob Lewis



On Friday, September 24, 2021, 04:10:07 PM EDT, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:


I would think that even on very still water, a scope would be pretty much useless from any kind of boat.

On Fri, Sep 24, 2021 at 4:06 PM <havoc_cat@...> wrote:
Does anyone have any experience using a spotting scope from a kayak?  I have a Celestron 80mm which weighs 4-5 pounds which I think would be too heavy for camera clamps that attach to the side of a kayak.  I was thinking of using it to get closeups of loon chicks without getting too close.

If anyone is interested I have a youtube channel and have posted some scope videos of Great Blue Heron nests.  This one includes a feeding:  https://youtu.be/Xf-741Dx2Eg

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Using Spotting Scope from a Kayak?

scottjstoner
 

I concur with others; do not think it would be practicable at all other than possibly as Gregg suggested. I've done quite a bit of photography from a canoe, hand-holding a camera with long telephoto, but that has the benefit of vibration reduction (image stabilization). I appreciate that you are trying to photograph from a distance to avoid distubance, but I don't think it would work that well, sorry. - Scott


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From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...>
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Sent: Fri, Sep 24, 2021 5:40 pm
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Using Spotting Scope from a Kayak?

the one idea I can think of that could conceivably make it workable would be to use a shoulder-stock mount. This might make it ok for viewing (under very still conditions and maybe only under the lowest power), but if you're looking to digiscope, I'd guess it still would be too challenging.
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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Using Spotting Scope from a Kayak?

gregg_recer
 

the one idea I can think of that could conceivably make it workable would be to use a shoulder-stock mount. This might make it ok for viewing (under very still conditions and maybe only under the lowest power), but if you're looking to digiscope, I'd guess it still would be too challenging.
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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Using Spotting Scope from a Kayak?

kernscot
 

I think there is too much movement. See if it works for you. I always worried about getting things wet or dropping them overboard.

Nancy Kern


From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> on behalf of havoc_cat@... <havoc_cat@...>
Sent: Friday, September 24, 2021 4:06 PM
To: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Using Spotting Scope from a Kayak?
 
Does anyone have any experience using a spotting scope from a kayak?  I have a Celestron 80mm which weighs 4-5 pounds which I think would be too heavy for camera clamps that attach to the side of a kayak.  I was thinking of using it to get closeups of loon chicks without getting too close.

If anyone is interested I have a youtube channel and have posted some scope videos of Great Blue Heron nests.  This one includes a feeding:  https://youtu.be/Xf-741Dx2Eg


Austerlitz Juncos

kernscot
 

2 Slate-colored Juncos in my gravel driveway today. It's fall, but this is early for my place.

Nancy Kern


Re: Using Spotting Scope from a Kayak?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

I would think that even on very still water, a scope would be pretty much useless from any kind of boat.

On Fri, Sep 24, 2021 at 4:06 PM <havoc_cat@...> wrote:
Does anyone have any experience using a spotting scope from a kayak?  I have a Celestron 80mm which weighs 4-5 pounds which I think would be too heavy for camera clamps that attach to the side of a kayak.  I was thinking of using it to get closeups of loon chicks without getting too close.

If anyone is interested I have a youtube channel and have posted some scope videos of Great Blue Heron nests.  This one includes a feeding:  https://youtu.be/Xf-741Dx2Eg

--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Using Spotting Scope from a Kayak?

havoc_cat@...
 

Does anyone have any experience using a spotting scope from a kayak?  I have a Celestron 80mm which weighs 4-5 pounds which I think would be too heavy for camera clamps that attach to the side of a kayak.  I was thinking of using it to get closeups of loon chicks without getting too close.

If anyone is interested I have a youtube channel and have posted some scope videos of Great Blue Heron nests.  This one includes a feeding:  https://youtu.be/Xf-741Dx2Eg


Re: Peebles Island Warbler I.D. pics - Thursday

jhershey2
 

I heard from 2 birders in our group at Peebles Island yesterday who agree with my i.d.'s above except for the last one which they believe looks more like either Bay-breasted or Blackpoll.  After checking my guides I believe they are right.  Mention of the faint streaking on the last bird seems to convince me. If there are any other disagreements or comments, they are welcome.   

John H. 


Re: Hummingbirds Continue

Richard Guthrie
 

Good job. I wouldn't worry about the lingering Ruby-throat. He/she should be ok for now. Some are just too happy to stick around. They are hardy and can cope with a little chill and be well on their way when the right time suits them. 

Rich Guthrie

On Fri, Sep 24, 2021 at 10:58 AM Marne Onderdonk <marne37@...> wrote:
I too have at least one RT hummingbird hanging around my backyard as of this morning, a female (I have been also hosting a young male nicknamed “the Boss” since he chased everything away—bees, chipmunks, bigger birds—but did not see him this morning). 

I was recently away for 10 days and removed the feeders, but on return both RTs were still here so I put one feeder back up on Monday. Now I may be down to just the female RT. 

I kept the potted flowers out while I was away and will maintain them til frost. Two plants are vermillionaires which have multiple tubular orange flowers. The RTs LOVE these plants, feeding on them almost exclusively. 

I will keep an eye out for out-of-area visitors. In the meantime, should I be worried about the one RT overstaying?? 

Marne



On Sep 24, 2021, at 9:46 AM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:


Good for you - but - do double check to be sure that they are indeed Ruby-throats. Look-alike westerners could show up around this time of autumn. And, except for some minor details, are very much like our familiar female Ruby-throats. 

Rich Guthrie

On Fri, Sep 24, 2021 at 9:40 AM Alan <adfrench@...> wrote:
Two female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds just at the back feeder, after a
couple of hummingbird free days.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville







--
Richard Guthrie



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Richard Guthrie


Re: Hummingbirds Continue

Marne Onderdonk
 

I too have at least one RT hummingbird hanging around my backyard as of this morning, a female (I have been also hosting a young male nicknamed “the Boss” since he chased everything away—bees, chipmunks, bigger birds—but did not see him this morning). 

I was recently away for 10 days and removed the feeders, but on return both RTs were still here so I put one feeder back up on Monday. Now I may be down to just the female RT. 

I kept the potted flowers out while I was away and will maintain them til frost. Two plants are vermillionaires which have multiple tubular orange flowers. The RTs LOVE these plants, feeding on them almost exclusively. 

I will keep an eye out for out-of-area visitors. In the meantime, should I be worried about the one RT overstaying?? 

Marne



On Sep 24, 2021, at 9:46 AM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:


Good for you - but - do double check to be sure that they are indeed Ruby-throats. Look-alike westerners could show up around this time of autumn. And, except for some minor details, are very much like our familiar female Ruby-throats. 

Rich Guthrie

On Fri, Sep 24, 2021 at 9:40 AM Alan <adfrench@...> wrote:
Two female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds just at the back feeder, after a
couple of hummingbird free days.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville







--
Richard Guthrie


Re: Hummingbirds Continue

Richard Guthrie
 

Good for you - but - do double check to be sure that they are indeed Ruby-throats. Look-alike westerners could show up around this time of autumn. And, except for some minor details, are very much like our familiar female Ruby-throats. 

Rich Guthrie

On Fri, Sep 24, 2021 at 9:40 AM Alan <adfrench@...> wrote:
Two female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds just at the back feeder, after a
couple of hummingbird free days.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville







--
Richard Guthrie


Hummingbirds Continue

Alan
 

Two female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds just at the back feeder, after a couple of hummingbird free days.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Peebles Island Warbler I.D. pics - Thursday

jhershey2
 

I took a few pics this morning to help mostly with warbler i.d. at Peebles Island.  I could list 10 reasons why fall warblers are so difficult for birders but I'll just post a few pics taken in poor light instead. I didn't get shots of all the warblers that were seen but I've posted 5 shots.  By request I've put what I think the identifications are below the photos, though I could be wrong. There's one non-warbler in the pics.

  



In order I think they are Black-throated Green, Red-eyed Vireo, Tennessee, Magnolia, Tennessee. 

John H. 


Conveying report of Worm-eating Warbler at Five Rivers this morning

scottjstoner
 

This morning, Drew Hopkins of Five Rivers EEC found a Worm-eating Warbler along the North Loop Trail in the area behind the Wood Duck Marsh/Fox Marsh, near the turnoff to the viewing blind. This is only the 2nd record of this species for Five Rivers!

Drew's full ebird report is below -Scott



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-------- Original message --------
From: "Hopkins, Drew T (DEC)" <Drew.Hopkins@...>
Date: 9/23/21 13:58 (GMT-05:00)
To: scottjstoner <scottjstoner@...>
Subject: 5R bird checklist 23Sep21

Hi Scott,

 

Here is the checklist from this morning:  https://ebird.org/checklist/S95059920

 

 

Take care,

Drew Hopkins 

(he, him, his)

Environmental Educator, Division of Operations

NYS Project WILD and Project WET Co-coordinator

 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center,

56 Game Farm Road, Delmar NY  12054

P: 518-475-0291 | F: 518-439-8044 | drew.hopkins@...

www.dec.ny.gov |  |  |

 

 


Flycatchers on Display

David Halm
 

I had a wonderful comparative study of flycatchers in my yard this evening, with 4 species out foraging simultaneously. The Pewee flying out and returning to its high perch. The Phoebes staying low to the ground with tails wagging. The Least with constant wing flicking and whit calls. And what must have been a Willow/Alder, foraging low like the Phoebe but with no tail wagging, a faint eye ring, and buffy wing bars. Plus the Yellow-rumps got in on the act, with one even chasing the same bug as the Pewee! 

David
Burnt Hills


Five Rivers Warblers mid-day

Barbara Beebe
 

Saw 2 Black-throated Greens, Yellow-rump in Orchard, and possible Pine.
( of course mid- day is not a preferred birding time LOL)
Barb Beebe


Re: [EXT] [hmbirds] yard warblers this morning

Jeffrey Schoonmaker
 

Doris and I saw a Black and White Warbler and a Black-throated Green Warbler in our yard this morning, but we are way down this year in warbler numbers.  I hope this is not our trend for the future due to losing our giant oak tree last summer!  That tree was a warbler magnet!

Jeff


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Denise and I had Tennessee, Cape May, and an Ovenbird in our backyard this morning! -Scott Stoner, Loudonville 



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Five Rivers yesterday and today

scottjstoner
 

At the Five Rivers EEC in Delmar, NY...yesterday we had Prairie warbler, numerous Yellow-rumped (some eating poison ivy berries), and a common yellowthroat, along with a flyover Bald Eagle.

Today we saw the continuing Great Egret in the Beaver Pond but no through-migrant songbirds.
Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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yard warblers this morning

scottjstoner
 

Denise and I had Tennessee, Cape May, and an Ovenbird in our backyard this morning! -Scott Stoner, Loudonville 



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